For its 2020-21 season, Verdigris Ensemble has chosen an incredibly apt title: "How To Go On." The chorale group is exploring innovative concert approaches for its fourth season, made up of four Texas premieres.
In addition to its concert season, Verdigris Ensemble is also planning to continue Drink & Sing, a raucously fun touring event where Verdigris singers teach participants to sing in harmony as they raise a glass at breweries across Dallas each Saturday in December.
But first up is Life In Our Time, a reflection on the past six months of COVID-19, quarantine, and civil unrest that will be available online for sure, in-person if possible. Featured soloists will design personal programs that share the isolation, uncertainty, and hope they experience as artists amidst the pandemic. It's scheduled for October 16-18, 2020.
In January, Verdigris returns to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project to perform David Lang's major work the national anthems, in collaboration with the Julius Quartet. Excerpts of every national anthem come together to form a sweeping picture of the common human hopes that underpin national identity and ambition. It's scheduled to run January 28-30, 2021, online and in-person TBA.
"How can we go on, knowing the end of the story?" asks poet Barbara Crooker. In April, just over a year after the world was thrust into the confusion and tragedy of pandemic, Verdigris will reflect on grief and recovery in the program How to Go On, performing online and in-person TBA April 8-10, 2021.
Artistic director Sam Brukhman brings together two hauntingly beautiful major works from living composers: Dale Trumbore's secular requiem How to Go On and Chris Cerrone s work for vocalists and orchestra, The Branch Will Not Break. In this season finale, Verdigris Ensemble explores the crux of its 2020-2021 programming: What have we gone through and how do we move forward?
Verdigris Ensemble season VIP subscription passes are $70 for general admission, $56 for seniors (50-plus), and $28 for students and teachers (ID required). In addition to receiving a 30 percent discount on the season, subscribers receive one rare behind-the-scenes rehearsal and lunch with Verdigris Ensemble, one invitation to the exclusive Verdigris Ensemble season launch party, and one complimentary ticket and VIP seating to Drink & Sing events.
Single ticket prices range from $10-$25 for all regular season productions. Single tickets for the national anthems are $35. Drink & Sing admission is $7 online and $10 at the door.
At 6 pm on September 20, Verdigris Ensemble is hosting a socially distanced season launch party in Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. To celebrate the opening of a new season of music-making, Verdigris singers will perform while attendees browse the online silent auction and mingle over drinks from a cash bar.